NewsNigeriaSportTobi Amusan begins 2024 with a record-breaking bang

Oluwatobilola ‘Tobi’ Amusan has bounced back from last year’s heartbreak at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary where she finished sixth to win the African women’s indoor 60-meter hurdles.

But Amusan did not only win, she also set a novel record of 7.77s, what Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development John Enoh called an “amazing accomplishment.”

At the Qazaqstan Athletics Sports Complex in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Saturday, 27 January, Amusan breezed past American Nia Ali and Ireland’s Sarah Lawin, who finished second and third, respectively.

Enoh said, in a congratulatory message on X, that Amusan, 26, retired the 25-year-old record by Nigeria’s legendary sprint hurdler Glory Alozie, who cemented her place on the world stage by finishing the women’s 60m hurdles in Madrid, Spain at 7.82s.

“You’ve shown us all what true athleticism looks like. We’re so proud of your amazing accomplishment. Your sports achievement is a testament to your hard work and commitment. Congratulations Superstar,” Enoh wrote on Saturday.

“You coasted home in 7.77secs to set a new African record, thus erasing Glory Alozie’s 7.82secs established since 1999.”

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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